“I’m Not Dead”: Living Texas Voters Deleted From Voter Rolls For Being “Potentially Dead”
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Tags: election, lawsuit, Social Security Administration, voter
How hard are Republicans trying to disenfranchise voters? So hard that the Texas GOP is purging living voters from the voter rolls for being “potentially dead”, according to AllGov.
These potentially dead Texans are being forced to jump through hoops to prove that they’re still alive, and they are, of course, not happy about it. So much so that four of the “potentially dead” voters filed suit last week in state court, and Texas District Judge Tim Sulak issued a temporary order barring Texas from threatening anyone else’s voting rights for being “potentially dead”. How did Texas make the determination that these living voters were dead? Here you go:
Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade (R), in response to a state law passed in 2011, compared names on the Social Security Administration’s death index with Texas voter rolls. She sorted names into “Strong” matches, with identical names, birth dates and Social Security numbers, and “Weak” matches, which have only one or two identical factors.
According to the lawsuit, filed on behalf of four living Texans who received notices that their voter registration was subject to cancellation because they are “potentially deceased,” Andrade recently told registrars across Texas that “potentially dead” voters must provide “evidence within 30 days that they are alive…[or] they are to be purged from the voter rolls.”
When you’re more worried about restricting rights than expanding them, this sort of thing is bound to happen. We’ve seen it all before, in Florida during the 2000 election. If the government doesn’t rectify this quickly, we’ll have are a bunch of people showing up to the polls on election day, only to be turned away for one fabricated reason or another. This is dangerous territory we’re in.
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